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WKU, USDA to open research facility at national laboratory

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 20, 2012) – Western Kentucky University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday will celebrate the grand opening of a new research facility at the WKU Farm at 10 a.m.

The 4,079-square-foot, $2.6 million greenhouse/headhouse is part of a national laboratory/office complex housing the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Animal Waste Management Unit at 230 Bennett Lane. The greenhouse/headhouse is part of a cooperative research program by WKU and the USDA ARS.

Speakers for the ceremony will include WKU President Gary Ransdell and USDA representatives Edgar King and Karamat Sistani.

A headhouse is the work area for students and scientists to pot seeds and small plants to place in the greenhouse. It is equipped with walk-in freezers and amenities allowing storage for harvested plant materials for study and houses the controls and all mechanical facilities for the greenhouse.

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